Below are frequently asked questions on how to use The Wriggler. For additional questions, send us an email.
The Wriggler comes packaged in Newborn mode. To use, simply lie the baby on the mat with his head resting on the bear’s cradling paws and change the baby as normal.
To fold, start by folding along the right seam line into the centre. Next, fold along the left-hand seam line into the centre. Attach the strap on the top left side of the mat to the Velcro on the top right to keep the sides in place. Now, fold up the first third of the mat from the bottom, then up to the second third, and finally fold the ears over and attach to the Velcro patches.
Once your baby learns to wriggle during nappy changing, convert the mat into Wriggler mode. To do this, lift the flap (with the bear’s cradling paws) up over the bear’s ears and flip it to the back of the mat. This will reveal the bear’s arms and kneepads. Next, unclip the first kneepad and unfold it down to the bottom corner of the mat. Then, do the same with the second kneepad. The Wriggler is now ready to use
Lay the mat on the floor with the bear’s arms spread wide. Place your little one face up on the mat. Pass one arm through the left hand sleeve. Bring the bear’s arm across your little one’s body and secure with the Velcro. Repeat for the right hand side. Kneel on the kneepads and enjoy a fast, wriggle-free change!
Fold the mat the left hand seam into the centre. Repeat for the right hand side. Then fold from the bottom up one third of the mat, then up the second third and finish by folding over the ears onto the Velcro patches.
If you ever need to convert the mat back to newborn mode (perhaps for a new baby, for example), start by looping the left kneepad up under the torso strap and clipping it in place on the supplied loop on the right-hand side strap. Next, loop the right kneepad up under the torso strap and clip in place to the supplied loop on the left-hand side strap. Finally, pull the flap from the back over the bear’s ears and settle it in place on top of the kneepads.
Yes! The Wriggler has been tested to ensure that it meets the highest product safety standards in the US and the EU. It is made from premium quality materials that are non-toxic and have been rigorously tested to ensure that they meet and exceed requirements limiting heavy metals, lead, BPA, phthalates, cadmium and azo dyes in baby products. Safety testing of The Wriggler has been conducted by a CPSC-approved (Consumer Product Safety Commission), independently accredited testing laboratory. It is suitable for all ages – 0+ Months
When folded, The Wriggler is 8” by 11” by 2.5”. When it is laid flat it measures 27” by 17”.
The Wriggler is made from premium quality materials. The printed wipable material that the child lies on is a special Polyurethane Laminate (PUL). PUL is most commonly used in cloth nappies, which means it is gentle next to baby’s skin, waterproof and super easy to wipe clean (even the bear’s arms!). All materials, including the printed fabric are non-toxic, lead-free, BPA and phthalate free too.
No way! When the bear’s arms cross the baby’s torso and you kneel on the attached kneepads, it anchors the mat and baby in place, which means your hands are freed up for a fast and easy change.
We designed The Wriggler based on a problem we experienced with our own little ones. Their well-being is our number one priority and our goal from the start was to create a solution that would make nappy changing less stressful for us and, importantly, for them too. While it may take a couple of nappy changes for your child to get used to The Wriggler, the feedback on babies’ experiences has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, we, and many of the parents who have tested it, have found that in addition to stopping the wrestling match, it has a calming effect on their little ones, as if the bear’s arms give them a feeling of security, or as one parent called it, a ‘swaddle-like effect’.
The Wriggler has been designed with the principles of Deep Touch Pressure in mind. Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) refers to a form of tactile sensory input which is often provided by firm holding, cuddling, hugging and squeezing. The idea of deep touch pressure goes back to a basic human behaviour known to calm us – being held. We use DTP all the time with our little ones – swaddling them when they are newborns, hugging them when they are upset, or placing a gentle hand on their chest to soothe them back to sleep. As long as there is gentle, distributed weight, there will be benefits from DTP.
Through Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), receptors become stimulated which helps the body to relax, feel more grounded and safe. Specifically, clinical studies suggest that DTP acts as a calming or focusing agent by increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, and lowering activity in the sympathetic nervous system. Taken together, this means an increase in endorphins (happy hormones) and decreased heart rate and blood pressure (reduced stress). DTP also causes the release of the neurotransmitters serotonin, known as the ‘calming chemical’, and dopamine, in the brain. Children benefit not only from this release of serotonin but also from the decrease in heart rate and blood pressure that result from the calming effect on the nervous system.
All of these principles of DTP were kept in mind in designing The Wriggler. We hoped that the bear’s arms crossing the child’s torso would give the feeling of gentle, distributed weight on the body, resulting in a calming, relaxing effect for the baby. As a result, we feel that when parents report their baby’s sense of calm in the Wriggler, what they are seeing is the child feeling this sense of security similar to being swaddled…the bear’s arms cocooning their torso works to ease stress and allow for a calm and relaxed nappy change.
Yes. The strap from the left to right must be fitted first as this will attach to the Velcro patch on the surface of the mat. Then put the right-left strap across as the video instructions above show.
We know that busy parents don’t have time to machine wash changing mats between nappy changes! So we wanted a mat that was super easy to clean. That’s why all of the materials, including the bear’s arms, can be wiped clean with a disinfectant or standard baby wipe.
Lay flat or hang to air dry. Do not machine wash. Do not iron.
Yes! The Wriggler is made from premium quality materials that are made to last. If you encounter any manufacturing defects or excessive wear with normal use for up to a year after purchasing, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send a replacement.
Of course! If for any reason you are not satisfied with your product, please contact us at email@example.com so we can help resolve the issue or help you with a return. In the event that a return is requested, please note the following:
There isn’t currently a way for you to edit or add to your order online once it has been placed. However, if you need to change or add to your order and it hasn’t yet shipped, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to cancel it for you so you can create a new one. If the item has already shipped, it can be returned unopened for a different product. Shipping fees will apply on product exchanges.
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You will receive a confirmation email immediately after placing an order. If you do not receive an email, this typically means that either the order wasn’t completed, or the email address entered was incorrect. In other cases the confirmation may have been filtered to your junk mail. Please check your junk mail inbox and contact us at email@example.com if you can’t find it.
Currently we offer free shipping on all orders in Ireland, the UK and other EU countries.
We ship our products from Dublin, Ireland.
We don’t offer 1 or 2-day guarantee shipping. We offer shipping via An Post standard post. Packages usually arrive within 3-7 days but the transit times can vary and the post office does not guarantee the delivery date.
We currently ship to Ireland, the UK and other EU countries. If you are based in the USA or Canada, please visit our US store at thewriggler.com.
We ship Monday through Friday except for holidays. Most orders go out the business day after the order is placed.
When your label is created, you will receive a confirmation email with tracking information. For further questions, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive an email, this typically means that either the order wasn’t completed, or the email address entered was incorrect. In other cases, the confirmation may have been filtered to your junk mail. Please check your junk mail inbox and contact us at email@example.com if you can’t find it.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us, which was an important reason The Wriggler was created. Every year for children less than 1 year of age, falls account for over 50% of admissions to emergency departments, and falls from changing tables, beds and sofas are among the most common furniture from which they fall. It is not surprising, therefore, that the most common recommendation from safety experts and paediatricians to avoid injuries is that babies should be changed on a changing mat on the floor.
The Wriggler is specifically designed to be used on the floor for fast, safe, wriggle-free nappy changing. As such, the following product warnings are important to bear in mind:
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